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Bar Harbor Rec- GEORGE'S and Others


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Bar Harbor Rec- GEORGE'S and Others

Roberto64 | Aug 5, 2004 04:47 PM

Just got back from BH this morning. Had a very good dinner at George's two nights ago. They have a few gardenside tables outside and it is amazingly quiet considering how close it is to the action. If you are staying at the BH Inn, Ullikana or the few other BBs in the vicinity, it is less than a block away--follow the gravel road from the parking lot, it is hidden behind one of the two banks there (1st National, I think). $40/person 3 course pre fix--very good value for the money.

We had the mustard shrimp, two gulf shrimp perfectly grilled (somewhat uncommon in my experience) with dabs of mustard/horseradish and a complementing, very tart onion slaw on the side and the cheese (can't remember what type) with fresh garlic juice appetizer, served in a shallow dish and slices of bread for dipping. Both rate VERY GOOD on my scale (G, VG, EX). Next came a very fresh salad with a refreshing and delicious vinnagrette, flavor I could not place, VG to EX. We ordered the lobster streudel, lobster meat in a sherry/cream mushroom flavored sauce baked in a pastry, a welcome change from the simply cooked lobsters and rolls we had been having all week, a solid VG, creeping into the EX range--definitely special. Order it immediately if you want it, can take a while. I subsequently read there is another restaurant in town that does this very well also. The wife had the lamb chop, which was reported to be the chef specialty, but the lobster streudel was probably the better choice among the two. The lamb chop was in a yellow sun dried tomato based (reddish, though) sauce, tasted alot like mole (Mex) to me, but was certainly at least G, if not VG. Night had fallen and the lighting in the outdoor area was poor (non existent actually--this needs correcting), the wife struggled to eat it--bone and all, I think it was a factor in its rating. For dessert, an excellent creme brule, we have this too often and it was one of the best we have had and a good, though not memorable chocolate cake souffle. We are from DC and the quality for this price would stand up nicely to the competition here--the place would be popular.

I can also add that when we showed up, there was a family with an insubordinate child making a racket in the outdoor area, the staff warned us about it and suggested we come back a little later if we wanted to sit outside which we did.

For lunch, the Parkside Restaurant offers very reasonably priced casual food of decent quality with mellow live entertainment, a folk-style guitarist/fiddler/vocalist. Despite being on the main drag, traffic moves slowly, it has a pleasant setting with better elbow room than most other comparable alternatives.

The Terrace at the BH Inn would also be a good choice, service and food were above average, but so were the prices--adding $3 or $4 for the incredible location and view. Definitely worth it. I would have thought the food quality and service lower, given the incomparable location, but was not, and surprisingly, neither was it too crowded 'round lunchtime.

The quality and value for the dollar food-wise were unexpectedly high in BH.

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